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These days, it takes a lot to really impress us.  Not to sound pretentious, but it’s true.  At many restaurants, we always feel like “ehh… we could make it better”.  I think we really just needed something new & exciting in the lower Fairfield county area.  Welp… now we have it!  Introducing the NEW SoNo Market Place.

What is it?

South Norwalk Connecticut’s urban market.  It’s basically a very European style indoor market.

What is there?

45+ CRAFTSMAN, ARTISANS AND DELICIOUS FOOD UNDER ONE ROOF.  Sitting on the edge of Village Creek, this Market combines over 45 local merchants creating our country style atmosphere. SoNo Marketplace provides an opportunity for New England artisans and merchants to showcase and sell their creations.

What is there to do?

“EAT. SoNo Marketplace offers a variety of fresh baked breads, pasteries, gelato, brunch items, gourmet coffees, grilled foods, fresh fish and Pizza just to mention a few.

SHOP. Stroll through the market and shop from our local artisans and craftsman where you will find an eclectic collection of jewelry, photography, art, clothing, home goods and much more. Our food merchants offering  the finest array of dairy items, fresh seafood, premium meats, deli items, exotic spices and other delectables.

LEARN. At SoNo Marketplace we will offer a calendar of public events. Weekly cooking classes, live music, weekend feasts, family days and seasonal holiday promotions. Weekly night events such as The Long Table Dinners, Bouillabaisse night, Moroccan Tajine night and Pizza Night.”

Are there any upcoming events?

The Holiday Arts & Craftsmen Show will be taking place Nov 30th – Dec 2nd.

When are they open?

Friday 11am – 6pm
Saturday 9am – 6pm
Sunday 9am – 4pm

They will have extended holiday hours starting Wednesday November 28, 2012

Wednesday 11am – 8pm
Thursday 11am – 8pm
Friday 11am – 8pm
Saturday 9am – 8pm
Sunday 9am – 4pm

Where are they located?

314 WILSON AVENUE, SOUTH NORWALK, CT 06854 – 203.838.0719

What Merchants are there?  (Please note: the list below is directly from their website)

NOTHIN BUT – GRANOLA

A unique blend of organic oats, nuts, seeds and dried fruit for a premium snack bar, breakfast granola and parfaits.

www.premiumsnackbars.com

BLUE PEACOCK FLORIST

Family owned and operated offering the finest floral arrangements and gifts.

Linda@BraachsFlowers.com

ORONOQUE FARM BAKERY

“Selling homemade pies and baked goods since 1949. Their trademark slogan is “Quality is our most precious ingredient”

www.oronoquefarms.com

MARITIME MASSAGE

Wes Sall, LMT has been practicing for over 18 years. Wes does deep tissue massages, shiatsu massages, sweedish massages and many other types of massages.

FESTIVITIES FOUNDATION

Resell donated items from special events and weddings and donate proceeds to a specific foundation. Unique treasures, vases, chandeliers, candles, etc.

DULOREN LINGERIE

Brazilian intimate apparel founded over 40 years ago. Their products include basic and fashion lingerie as well as natural lingerie.

www.DULORENUSA.com

THE FASHION EXCHANGE

Beautiful costume jewelry, The Fashion Exchange features top designer clothing, purses, hats and stunning accessories.

WAVE HILL BREADS

Founded in 2005. Artisan breads, chips and croutons that are entirely hand-crafted in the old world artisan tradition.

www.wavehillbreads.com

WIRTH & SALANDER

They have been in business for over 15 years, starting out in Sono, creating custom tiles and ceramic art for kitchens, baths, foyers and living areas.

www.Wirthsalander.com

ANNALISA – ARTIST

Annalisa pencils or paints her artwork of pets, still- lifes and fantasy

www.art-by-annalisa.com

ABBEY ROAD DESIGNS

Sells an array of handmade and vintage Abbey Road items.

www.etsy.com   –  search for abbey road

KOMFORT ZONE

They are the home of luxurious, stylish items for your body, bath and home.

www.komfort-zone.net

THE SILK TOUCH

The Silk Touch offers the finest quality of permanent botanicals available in today’s market. It is often said that our florals “capture the spirit of nature”. We sell pre-made arrangements, florals by the stem, trees, and foliage.

www.thesilktouch.com

OLIVETTE

There are over 20 varities of first cold press unfiltered extra virgin olive oil and over 20 varieties of balsamic vinegars from Modena.

www.olivettect.com

HORMAN’S PICKLE FACTORY

Sells many different types of barrel pickles.

www.hormansbestpickles.com

TILDEN SEAFOOD

They have a long line of fishermen, clamming and lobstermen, selling the freshest of locally caught fish.

tildenseafood@hotmail.com

KNIFE SHARPENING

Services on the premises.

BLOOM BROTHERS

Fresh oysters and clams.

FESTIVITIES CATERING

Specializes in special event catering.

Festivities’ award winning foods are created from the freshest and whenever possible, locally grown, ingredients. “Our culinary philosophy is to combine these premium ingredients in innovative, exciting and stylish new ways while maintaining a comfortable approach to fine dining.”

www.festivitiesevents.com

UP THE CREEK WINE AND BEER BAR

Great wines and beer.

FLAT WHITE COFFEE

Offering the finest coffee beans in the world, Flat White Coffee creates the most amazing blends of coffee. Flat White is about coffee and the art of making it a New Zealand Brand.

WISE GUYS PIZZA PIES

Where South meets North, (Italy that is) tradotional style pizza and pasta.

GOTTA NIBBLE!

Selling the best fish N chips.

TURQUOISE MOUNTAIN

Silver & semi-precious necklaces, rings, bracelets, belts and earrings.

www.turquoisemountain.com

TORN EDGES

Selling our hand crafted archival photo art prints on watercolor paper.

www.tornedgesprints.com

BELLA’S BERRIES

Preserving nature, makers of fine fruit compotes.

www.primadolce.com

BLUE STAR BAZAAR

Unique gift ideas including handbags, hand-made gifts, fashion jewelry, children’s toys and apparel.

www.bluestarbazaar.com

CALCUTTA KITCHENS

A taste of authentic home cooking, where ingredients are fresh and balance of flavors is key.

www.calcuttakitchens.com

PERCY THOMSON MEADOWS

All-natural beef (grass-fed), pastured Berkshire pork, lamb, poultry, free-range eggs, relishes, and vegetables in season.

www.percythomsonmeadows.com

KNIPSCHILDT CHOCOLATIER (CHOCOPOLOGIE)

At Chocopologie there’s more to enjoying chocolate than eating it. We are an European style cafe/retail store that allows you to savor your love for chocolates, crepes, soothing rich hot chocolate and cakes with your eyes and mouth.

www.knipschildt.com

CONNECTICUT COOKIE COMPANY

We make every single cookie and treat from scratch, using the best ingredients, whatever the occasion we will bring hometown goodness to your door.

www.ctcoco.com

THE CRYSTAL LADY

A creative line of wellness products using crystal vibration for balancing body, mind and spirit, including energy charged jewelry, angel intention bracelets, and crystals energized to enhance their natural power.

LA MALLE

La Malle Designs offers high end jackets, wallets, bags, card holders, shirts, tee-shirts, pants, sweaters and shoes, for men and women.

MACHETTE RESTORATION

Furniture restoration and a collection of refurbished furniture.

MAURA & NUCCIA

Created from fresh, seasonal local fruits, berries, and other fine natural ingredients,

our authentic artisan Italian crostate and biscotti are made by hand and reflect the

passion and care inherited from generations past. Our family recipes are steeped

in culinary history and infused with tradition. Keeping with that tradition, each

Maura & Nuccia dessert is baked with a minimum amount of added sugar, quality

ingredients, and a lot of love & joy… It is, after all, the Italian way!

www.mauranuccia.com

NATURE GIRL DESIGNS

Uniquely chic, hand-crafted fashion accessories.

www.naturegirldesigns.com

PASARELA

Columbian Shoes & Clothing.

SURREAL

A collection of housewares, furniture, children’s items, and nautical items.

T-PARTY ANTIQUES

Offering a whimsical, eclectic mix of antique, vintage and handmade goods for the home, rare books, pottery, textiles, toys, and home decor.

www.tpartyantiques.com

THOMAS R. GREENE III ARTIST

Thomas R. Greene III’s artwork encompasses the study and deconstruction of the human form, landscapes and cityscapes, with a sharp focus on color theory and expressionist detail. His brushwork emphasizes an energetic, spontaneous approach while painting in oil, watercolor, and ink.

www.trgreene.com

TRUFFLES

Vintage 1940′s jewelry, new bling, and collectibles.

YUI MARKET

A Thai market featuring teas,  spices, food products, home decor, from Thailand.

LUBIJOU

A Brazilian jewelry designer using recycled  items, seeds, beans, metal and clay.

MAKOTO ARTS

A Brazilian designer of handmade wall hangings, childrens art, and hand-designed rugs.

LUIS DESIGNS

Fashionable watches, sunglasses and French accessories.

So needless to say, we can’t wait to go back!  There’s so much to taste & try – we’re excited to have this bit of awesomeness right in our backyard 🙂  We’ll keep you updated on what we discover there next!